All set for the 2023 Zimbabwe Karate Union (ZKU) Japanese Ambassador’s Tournament scheduled for Saturday September 30, at the Chitungwiza Aquatic Complex.
Over 400 athletes are expected to take part at the tournament.
ZKU President Shihan Tawanda Mufundisi said the preparations for the cup are at an advanced stage.
“We are almost there and everything is in place. The arena has been set, the officials are well trained now, they’re ready yet for the event, athletes are just waiting for the for the ring for the bell to start.
“We are expecting a big turnout of plus or minus 400 athletes taking part in this event and it’s going to be a very good big event.
“It’s going to be a national thing from all the province of Zimbabwe. They’re welcome it’s only that this time around, we do not have foreign athletes, only what the locals want. So that is how it is,” he said.
Shihan Mufundisi said they are expecting a very big event.
“And the turnout is going to be big. It’s promising to be a huge turnout. We were supposed to close the registration yesterday but, unfortunately we could not do that because of the demand and many guys still coming so just to be lenient a bit then we allowed them to register up to 03:00 p.m today (Thursday) and then from there right away we go to the draw sheets and then we pair the athletes and then we are good to go.
“So that’s our position now as far as preparation is concerned and the number of athletes and the expectations ahead of these tournaments.
“We are expecting very good fighting standards.”